Man Made DIY


Sep 26, 2013

A Very Manly Day in the Life of Nick Offerman

created at: 09/26/2013

Actor, author, and all around masculine archetype Nick Offerman pokes a little fun at his cult status as the epitome of manliness. In this dialog-free video, Nick awakes in the woods and walks through his everyday routine of eating raw onions and drinking motor oil, … read more


Sep 17, 2013

Style Hack: How to Make a DIY Skinny Necktie from a Thrift Store Tie

Secondhand stores and thrift shops are filled with neck ties with all kinds of cool patterns and textures, and most go for only a dollar or two each. The problem? They're often way too wide to match the lapels of modern suits.… read more


Aug 20, 2013

Video: Take a Quick and Fascinating Tour of the Leatherman Multitool Factory

created at: 05/28/2013

Fun fact of the day: the Leatherman multitool company is actually named for its founder, Tim Leatherman. I'd always imagined it being a vision of some hardcore Platonic ideal of a rugged tinkerer with everything at the ready. Kat Bauman and Outlier Solutions took this totally engaging look at the Leatherman factory in Portland, Oregon, and the production and design process of its eponymous tools.

Check out the video below for some history and a look at how these tools are conceived and manufactured:   … read more


Jun 26, 2013

Skeletons that Walk in the Wind: Strandbeests by Theo Jansen

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These "prehistoric beasts" are one of the coolest things we've seen. Craftsmanship, creativity, and passion, all come together in this epic, interactive work of art.… read more


Jun 06, 2013

Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge

"Experiment with Nature" is the excellent blog of Schwood Eyewear, makers of super cool handmade wooden sunglasses. They've started a new series called " 'Field Trip', a series of exploration videos… read more


May 28, 2013

The Gear: How Reggie Watts Creates His Unique One-Man Music Experience

created at: 05/28/2013

Anyone familiar with comedian, musician, and performance artist Reggie Watts knows that his act depends on his  absurdist, postmodern sense of humor, amazing musical chops, and a unique microphone and gadget set up that allow him to create full arrangements using just his voice.created at: 05/28/2013

Gizmodo visited with Reggie during a soundcheck last year… read more


May 10, 2013

An Incredible Interactive Laser Forest by Marshmallow Laser Feast

Marshmallow Laser Feast

This video by interactive design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast is a much deserved escape from reality. It's a grown-up version of laser tagging, so buckle up, doc!… read more


May 09, 2013

Wyclef Jean and Jimmy DiResta Make a Functional Guitar from an AK-47 Assault Rifle

Something about this story really touches me. I've always been a fan of both Wyclef and Jimmy DiResta's work, and there's just something about the two of them talking about revolution that just presses all my buttons. … read more


May 07, 2013

Video: A Bow Tie Teaches You How to Tie, Um, Itself

created at: 05/07/2013

The Hill-side, a Brooklyn-based necktie and pocket square company, created this sweet animated video where a bow tie teaches you how to tie itself. It's got a great old school Sesame Street-style vibe, and actually manages to be quite informative, cause there aren't any hands to get in the way.

Trust me, you want to watch this:    … read more


May 06, 2013

A Stop-Motion History of Typography

created at: 05/06/2013Graphic designer and media-maker Ben Barrett-Forest made this excellent animated video detailing the history of typography. It's plenty educational, and all kinds of fun to watch:    … read more


May 02, 2013

The World's Smallest Movie: A Stop-Motion Animation of Individual Atoms

Animation is nothing more than arranging relatively stable things, taking a picture, and then moving and doing it again, frame by frame. Some artists use pen and ink, some clay, some real world objects. This creative team of IBM researchers decided to use atoms. Atoms!? A. toms.   … read more


Apr 25, 2013

The Subculture of Barbershops

Sharpologist - a new site devoted to the art of traditional shaving - explores the subculture of barbershops, those who choose to seek out shaving and grooming practice as an art, rather than a matter of routine.   … read more


Apr 22, 2013

How to Take Great Photos: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Artists

created at: 04/22/2013

Whether you make handmade goods to sell online, want to take great images of your creations to pitch to publishers and media, or just want to document your own creative life online, you simply can't get away with crummy photos anymore. In the age of visual-driven social bookmarking and publishing, artists and creatives must not only be comfortable with their own materials and media, but develop basic photography skills to capture their good work to share with the world.   … read more


Apr 17, 2013

Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Google Street Video Hyperlapse

created at: 04/15/2013

This hyper-lapse Google Street video is one serious ride. Before you press play, make sure to put away any sharps objects near you (just in case you pass out).

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Mar 27, 2013

Bottled History: Crafting a Ship in a Bottle from Scratch

created at: 05/28/2013

I love this peak inside the studio and process of Ray Gascoigne, a 60-year veteran and master   craftsman of ships in bottles.

created at: 03/27/2013

He's worked as a shipwright and a merchant sailor, and now designs, carves, and creates his stunning pieces completely from scratch, with just a few tools. Oh, and he looks like this:    

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